The Master of Arts in Learning and Technology (MALAT) is a two year program offered in two delivery models:
- Courses are delivered 100% online through Wordpress and Moodle. You will not visit the campus for classes.
- Courses are delivered online with one two-week on-campus residency at the beginning of the program.
Online courses are delivered using a combination of Web 2.0/3.0 technologies for learning. You will regularly engage, collaborate, share, create and contribute to the learning experience from anywhere in the world. You will draw upon web resources and open educational resources, and use the course blog, your own student blog, and in some courses, Moodle online discussion groups to examine and explore the topics presented. In addition, synchronous sessions are held in each course, and are recorded for reference and follow up. You will use assignment drop boxes in Moodle for the submission of course assignments. Each course and associated course schedule can be found on the MALAT program page – please note that the dates will vary slightly each year. Given the program cross-cutting theme of openness, the primary source of readings are openly accessible journal articles, e-books or items found in the RRU library databases.
Consistent with the RRU Learning, Teaching and Research model, and open pedagogy, learning activities and assignments are designed to allow you to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning of the topic under study.
It is expected that a 3-credit course would require approximately 100 hours of effort. How and when this occurs varies from student to student and becomes easier as you familiarize yourself with Royal Roads University`s online learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting. Students are required to engage regularly throughout the week with the course content and contribute academically to enhance cohort the learning through blog posts, discussion and required course activities and assignments.
This two-week residency will give you an opportunity to engage with both faculty and fellow students in a face-to-face physically co-located environment. You can expect the residency period to be demanding as you are taking two courses during this timeframe. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Assignments, readings, and team meetings are done outside of these hours. In addition to the educational activities, there may be planned recreational events. If you are taking the blended delivery, attendance during Residency is mandatory; however, students are not required to live on campus.